07 June 2007

Fathers & Sons

"Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned
By those that are not entirely beautiful."
-W.B. Yeats
My Dad's Hands © Michael Wilson

I discovered Michael Wilson's work on the covers of a couple of Buddy Miller CDs (about whom I plan to write enthusiastially before too long). Turns out that Wilson has done portrait and cover work (many featuing cute pooches) for a bunch of other alt-ish country luminaries; beside Buddy, Emmy Lou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Bill Frisell, Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely, Richard Thompson, Leo Kottke ...

That said, I really am taken by this photograph. It displays a sort of reverential connectedness that a father can only hope to earn. And though the Yeats verse is taken out of context (being written as advice for his young daughter regarding future suitors), it offers keen insight here as well.

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Blogger Lester Spence said...

Scott Page gave a talk in DC that I went to check out...and talking about my interest in photography he told me about your site.

We don't see each other often enough to talk in depth. But given the circumstances I wanted to tell you that I appreciate you.

13 June, 2007 19:36  

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